16 Nov kathleen + joel, engagement
We zipped from the cold and snowy climate in Toronto all the way to sunny California for Kathleen and Joel’s engagement session. To be specific, we flew into San Fransisco and headed to San Jose in a spiffy rental car. If you’re wondering why we drove down to San Jose it’s because Joel works there. And where does he work, you ask? He works for an organization you may have heard called the NHL! Yes, Joel the Joel Ward that plays for the San Jose Sharks! As big hockey fans, it was extra special and fun to fly out for this engagement session out in San Jose.
One of the key strategies or goals we have whenever shooting abroad is to exploit the landscape. Simply put, we want to intentionally seek out areas that are signature to that area and that are definitely not like Toronto. While there were some really amazing spots / areas in the city core of San Fransisco, we opted for a more rural / nature-esque look, capturing the dry grass, rolling hills and Joshua trees that are native to areas of California. Kathleen helped us gain access to Grandview Farms where we roamed alongside horses, cows, deer and mini ponies. On the farm were also goats, chickens, and cute little kittens!
We started Kathleen and Joel out in more casual attire to get them eased into the flow of shooting.
After going through some poses we got Kathleen and Joel to change into something a bit more stylized. Kathleen and Joel were really open to our ideas and suggestions for what to wear! For Kathleen, we suggested a dress with lots of movement and she found the perfect one with a beautiful sheer layer that added such an interesting element to photograph. And she has the legs to rock it! After trying on several options of shirts and pants, we got Joel in a classic all-black shirt and pants to go with Kathleen’s stellar dress. To offset all the black, Joel put on light grey coat to allow for some visual separation in images where they’d be super close together.
We continued to explore and trek up the steep hills all the way to a distant Joshua tree. Good thing both Kathleen and Joel are in great shape because it was a pretty challenging hike! We finally got to the tree and our efforts were rewarded with a gorgeous, elevated view of San Jose with the sun just starting to set and lighting the sky up with magnificent magentas and oranges. On top of that, we were able to capture this set of beautiful images that included the surrounding landscape.
We hope you had fun journeying with us to San Jose for Kathleen and Joel’s destination engagement session!